FAA, GCR Recognize First Airport Data Update

Last Thursday, the FAA and GCR, Inc., recognized Minden, Louisiana Airport manager Steven Burdeaux and the City of Minden, for successfully using www.5010Web.com to transmit infrastructure data to the FAA. The Minden Airport (MNE) became the first airport in the U.S. to electronically update its airport data, accomplishing a goal of the FAA’s Office of […]

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Metro Aviation places order for six EC145e light twins

Metro Aviation of Shreveport, La. has contracted to purchase six EC145e twin-engine helicopters from Airbus Helicopters Inc. Metro is the first North American customer for this new lighter weight and lower cost version of the highly successful Airbus Helicopters EC145. Airbus Helicopters Inc. and Metro have launched an extensive North America demonstration tour to show […]

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Bell Helicopter Celebrates Bell 505 Lafayette Assembly Center Grand Opening

Bell Helicopter announced that the Bell Helicopter Lafayette Assembly Center is officially open for business in Lafayette, La., where the company will assemble the new commercial helicopter, the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. Louisiana Economic Development (LED) Secretary Steven Grissom and other state, regional and local officials joined Bell Helicopter’s president and CEO, John Garrison, […]

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BELL HELICOPTER ANNOUNCES NEW FACILITY IN LOUISIANA

Earlier this month, Governor Bobby Jindal and Bell Helicopter CEO John Garrison announced the company will build its new SLS helicopter line at Lafayette Regional Airport, leading to the first modern-era aircraft assembly facility in Louisiana history. Brad Brandt, Aviation Director for the Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development, credits this achievement to the leadership […]

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GCR Hires Former San Diego County Airports Director

GCR Inc. has announced that Timothy Walsh, A.A.E. (Shown at right) has joined the firm as director of aviation services.  Most recently, Walsh was vice president within the Energy, Environment and Infrastructure Business Unit of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), focused on critical communications infrastructure and security. Prior to SAIC, Tim was director of airports […]

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Summerell Joins Louisiana Aviation Staff

Tonjia Summerell has joined the Louisiana DOTD Aviation Section as an Assistant Program Manager to assist with document tracking, document reviewing, project number requests, and special projects such as the Aviation Art Contests, among other various tasks. Brad Brandt, Aviation Director, made the announcement last week. Summerell is a Louisiana native with a Bachelor’s degree […]

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Louisiana Governor Proclaims December as General Aviation Month

 Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, proclaimed December 2011 as General Aviation Appreciation Month in Louisiana. The proclamation, signed December 1st, stated that the state of Louisiana has a significant interest in the continued vitality of general aviation, (GA) aerospace, aircraft manufacturing, educational institutions and aviation organizations. The proclamation stated that there are 74 airports serving […]

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